Strasbourg, 15.02.2013 – “The Iranian government should immediately and unconditionally release the Iranian Green Movement leaders, who have been held under arbitrary house arrest for exactly two years,” said Pietro Marcenaro (Italy, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
He was speaking on the occasion of the second anniversary of the de facto house arrest of former Presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as well as Zahra Rahnavard, Mr Mousavi’s wife, an author and a political activist, who have been deprived of their most basic rights for the past two years.
The three opposition leaders were arrested in February 2011 after they called for demonstrations in support of the Arab uprisings. “No charges have been brought against any of the opposition leaders and they have had no trials, therefore their continuing house arrest violates not only international law but also Iranian law,” said Mr Marcenaro. He also called upon the Iranian authorities to cease harassing or detaining without any legal grounds the detainees’ children, who were summoned and questioned earlier this week. (more...)